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  1. #11
    Glocks are safe action pistols. They will not fire without the trigger being pulled. If you dont believe it, load a Glock and put it on your kitchen table for a year and see if it fires itself.
    I would prefer a vertical shoulder holster myself, but if horizontal is what you want, than get it. Dont let anyone convince you that your Glock is not safe to be held horizontally, they are just afraid of guns that require us to use our brain as a safety.

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  3. #12
    JSDinTexas Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Deserteagle View Post
    Glocks are safe action pistols. They will not fire without the trigger being pulled. If you dont believe it, load a Glock and put it on your kitchen table for a year and see if it fires itself.
    I would prefer a vertical shoulder holster myself, but if horizontal is what you want, than get it. Dont let anyone convince you that your Glock is not safe to be held horizontally, they are just afraid of guns that require us to use our brain as a safety.
    Yeah, I appreciate what your saying, and this G23 is one of 15 different Glocks that I have had the last few years so I am very confident with handling them. And maybe I'm reading these folks incorrectly in that they may think that I am a newbie.
    I am not concearned with the safety aspect as much as 1) getting to the weapon and 2) comfort, in that order. I have never liked going under my shirt or whatever to get to the gun and feel the cross pull from a shoulder is better. As to comfort, Glocks are a bit wide and I would really like to carry a G21 or G30 but in IWB you have to get a pair of pants 4 inches larger - and you still have to go under a shirt. I also have tucked in my shirts all my life and don't like to wear a shirt outside the waistband.

    I am interested in your comment on the vertical instead of horizontal, which another poster said - care to elaborate on that?

  4. #13
    JSDinTexas Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by countrytoby View Post
    I carry with a shoulder holster at times but, not very often. I ONLY use a vertical holster because I am self conchious about it always being pointed at who ever is behind me. And at sometime it will be exposed and if I see it I will make a point for any of my kids or other relatives to not get behind you. I am not sorry I feel this way, I don't know you and I don't know if you are carring a good safe gun or if you are carring a Sat nite special that may go off if you just look at it. You may have a safty on or you may have it cocked and ready. Just my thoughts, Country Toby
    I carry my Glocks hot, or condition 1 if you prefer, which means chambered and ready. I have always carried Glocks this way starting about 30 days after I got my first one some time ago.

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    My own two cents on shoulder holsters

    I would like to make a comment;
    As so many people have mentioned, a horizontal rig points the gun at whomever is behind you. I agree. +1.
    I'll add some comments:
    *Most of the shoulder rigs (pretty much all of them)have a leather or nylon security strap. If that strap flops around the wrong way while presenting the gun, it can manipulate the trigger. You might have a negligent discharge. Not good.
    *Also, I have seen people 'cover' their own arm when presenting the gun. If you do have a ND, you might shoot your own arm and save BG the trouble. If you use any shoulder rig, learn the 'Chicken Wing' concept. This is how it works (for those who have never had this training): When presenting the gun, get your grip, release the safety strap and use the top of your hand to keep the strap out of the trigger. MAKE SURE you raise your offside arm so that your elbow is in perfect alignment with your clavicle/shoulder. If the gun discharges, your own arm is out of the way.
    That "Chicken Wing" concept is very important also to keep the extra fabric of your long-sleeved shirt up and out of the way, so you don't snag the grip of the gun in that fabric.
    I hope I described that well. It works better with a video or face-to-face instruction...

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    Also, most shoulder holsters have a criss-cross strap system ("X") across your back. In certain shirts, it looks like you're wearing a full-figured bra! OK for the ladies, but strange for the guys. Also, wear dark coloured shirts, as with ANY rig, the straps, etc will be visible through a white or light coloured shirt. Again, I make this comment for those who have never been told this. I'm not trying to talk down to anyone.

  7. #16
    JSDinTexas Guest
    Thanks for the comments rdc2co - this is some of the things I was looking for - namely the actual operation of a shoulder holster and the various experiences of those who have worn one.
    I initially considered just the horizontal, but will now look at the vertical and angle types.
    The shirt imprint may not be too much of a problem as I intend to wear a sportcoat or suitcoat with this configuration.
    I wanted to start off with some of the forums comments, but I will definitly go to my distributor and try a few on before making any decisions.
    And if TX passes an OC bill next time around it's all mute (they tried this year but failed).
    Thanks again, and thanks to all who offer opinions on this - I read every one of them.

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    I use a horizontal holster. They are nice if in a vehicle. Easy to get to. Also at night where i can get to it quickly with a jacket on. I have long arms so it makes it easier to draw. Also have thigh rig for same reason. Normally carry concealed with side holster. Shoulder holster is just another option. If it works for you and you can use it and will save your life. That is the bottom line in anything.
    "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

  9. #18
    Vertical holsters may provide better concealment and reassurance (if you want it), that the gun is pointed in a safe direction in case it decides to shoot itself (not possible). However, it may be harder to draw fast.

    Horizontal holsters would have an easier draw but could have printing issues unless you have a jacket on. They also may be sketchy because the gun points at whatever is behind you. Solve that problem by buying a quality firearm and having faith in it, as well as training with it.

    I recommend going to a store and trying them on and seeing how they feel. You could also start with a vertical until your more comfortable carrying in a shoulder holster and then getting a horizontal, but I dont think you are a newbie anyway.

  10. #19
    JSDinTexas Guest
    Yeah, I've been around guns since I was 8 yrs old and deer hunting with a scoped 30.06 at 12 (I'm from TX you know, and I think we're supposed to have a gun from birth). :D
    I've shot many Glocks, it's my preferred gun for carry specifically because it has no safety (except the 3 internals), and I am very comfortable with them. Just looking around for an alternative to IWB which I really don't like that much.
    So I'm not too new at this and Thanks.

  11. #20
    I carry a Glock 22 in a Galco Miami Classic shoulder holster. Has worked great for me for a number of years.

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